Community Hostel Quito




The Review

There truly is a sense of community amongst the guests at Community Hostel in Quito. The atmosphere strikes just the right balance; it's sociable without the craziness of a party hostel. During the day, guests can enjoy free rooftop yoga classes, a free city walking tour, and complimentary tea and coffee. In the evening, high-quality dinners and varied social events create opportunities to get to know other travelers. The location within the Old City is perfect for sightseeing and the rooftop provides beautiful views over the city.

The Location

Community Hostel is located in the old part of the city, within walking distance of the historical sites. It is a couple of streets back from the main touristic areas and the street has a slightly rundown feel. It would not be safe to walk alone at night, but there are plenty of people around in the day.

The hostel is quite a distance from both the north and south bus stations, but can be reached by bus from both terminals (the name of the closest stop is "Plaza La Marin"). Alternatively, the C4 trole bus will take you from the south terminal (Terminal Quitumbe) to Plaza del Teatro, a five-minute walk from the hostel. If you're arriving from the airport, you can email the hostel to organise a paid airport pickup with their private driver.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Dorms are clean, bright, and spacious. The bunk beds are of a decent size and have comfy mattresses. There is excellent security, since each dorm requires a code to enter. There are also lockable drawers under each bed where you can store your valuables.

There are a number of clean and modern bathrooms spread across two floors. There are hot showers and nice touches such as complimentary towels, liquid soap, and paper hand towels. We feel these are some of the nicest bathrooms we've seen in a hostel of this price.

Common Spaces

Communal areas are spread over three floors. The first floor contains a clean, well-stocked communal kitchen as well as a TV area with DVDs and a book exchange. The second floor houses a long dining table with views out over the city. Breakfast and dinner is served here (at an extra cost). The meals are a little pricier than eating at a budget local restaurant, but are beautifully presented and of excellent quality. On the top floor sits a large rooftop with beautiful views out over the city. On some nights, a firepit is lit and there is a sociable atmosphere. On other nights, we had it all to ourselves, which is also enjoyable as the views over the city are stunning. Free rooftop yoga classes are held here on weekday mornings.

Free drinking water, tea, and coffee are available throughout the day. Wi-Fi is available in rooms and common areas. The hostel has an associated tour agency, which operates from beneath the hostel. They offer lots of information about travel in Ecuador, and city tours which aim to reflect the "community" concept by bringing business to local people. There is a free daily walking tour starting from here each day.


As suggested by the name, there truly is a community vibe at Community Hostel. Communal meals and events each evening encourage socialising and make this a great place to meet other travelers. The hostel is well-located for sightseeing in the day, and for enjoying sunset and city views from the rooftop in the evening!
by DondeScarlet Staff Reviewer
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View of hostel from street
One of the communal showers
Communal dining table where breakfasts and dinners are served
TV area
One of the communal bathrooms
One of the communal toilets
Communal kitchen
The largest dorm room: With a lot of guests, it can get messy at times but beds are clean and comfy
The largest dorm room: With a lot of guests, it can get messy at times but beds are clean and comfy


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Community Hostel Quito" at N6-78 Pedro Fermin Cevallos and Olmedo.)


N6-78 Pedro Fermin Cevallos and Olmedo, Quito, Ecuador
-0.221040, -78.507070 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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Highly recommended!
Though I only truly spent one night here, I had a fantastic experience. The accommodations are incredibly comfortable and clean, the staff is SUPER friendly and knowledgeable, I felt very safe, and the price is super fair. Zero complaints.
Age 29, American (U.S.A.)
  Finally, a hostel with a name that reflects what it offers -- Community Hostel really does have a sense of community. It is a friendly, vibrant place with a great location in Quito’s colonial district. Its assets include amazing views and even more amazing beds. The Location This hostel is directly opposite the buzzing Mercardo Central and walking distance to the sights of Quito’s Old Town. The Ecovia bus stops at La Marin, a five-minute walk away. While it is incredibly close to the heart of the colonial district, it can be a little confusing trying to find your way at first and getting lost can take you down the quiet back streets and an underpass, so consider taking a taxi. If you arrive after dark, then you’ll find the Old Town is incredibly quiet and does not feel too safe, so definitely flag a cab to take you to the hostel. There are lots of police around until quite late, but there’s always a need to keep your wits about you anywhere in Quito, especially if you have bags. Rooms and Bathrooms Dorms have incredibly comfortable bunk beds. They are custom-made with solid wooden frames and fantastic mattresses. They also have huge bouncy pillows and snug fluffy blankets. After a while on the road, sleeping in a bed here feels like climbing into your own back home. Rooms have wooden, under-bed drawers that lock (solid, secure efforts, not the usual flimsy makeshift kind you often find) and there’s no need for your own padlock as keys are provided. Dorms are quite small but sleep a maximum of six so they aren’t too crowded. Private rooms are very spacious. There are only two, family-home-style bathrooms with bath/toilet in the same room (one on each floor) and while they are brand new and have lovely hot showers, they are always occupied. Dubious stomachs suffering from Montezuma's Revenge may want to bear this in mind! Common Spaces Community Hostel's easygoing, sociable vibe makes it feel a bit like a big house-share at times. There’s a huge table in the upstairs common area, making interactions with others very easy. Free (and good quality) tea and coffee is available all day. There is also a lounge with large sofas, book exchange, DVD library, and a projector for movie nights. Both floors have a narrow balcony spanning most of the building’s length and facing the old town and the surrounding mountains. There are two kitchens -- one for staff to prepare the optional daily breakfasts and dinners (both of which you can pay extra for) and the other for guests wanting to self-cater. Community Hostel seems to attract some foodie volunteers, so meals are of high quality but they are a little on the expensive side when you consider that the same price in many Quito eateries will buy you a two-course meal and a drink. Reasonably priced beer and wine are available to buy from the hostel as well. Summary This hostel is super friendly, super helpful, and super comfy. La Mariscal may have the bars and nightlife, but the Old Town is a far nicer place to stay. Taxis are cheap so you can always head out to party in "Gringolandia" and get a more restful night’s kip amidst the historic buildings downtown. Our only minor grumbles are the lack of bathrooms and the fact that the hostel advertises that it has laptops available for guests, but all of them appear to have been broken for a while. There is Wi-Fi, though, and many internet cafes close by, so it’s not a huge issue.
Living room Free tea and coffee Guest kitchen Dorm Seriously comfy beds! Bathroom Balcony The view from the balcony Community Hostel's unnassuming exterior
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